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California Doctor Suggested Patient Have Oral Sex With Husband To Treat Gag Reflex

Dr. Deep Throat, I presume?

J. Peter Zegarra, a California doctor, has been publicaly reprimanded by the state's medical board after he told a patient to practice oral sex on her husband. The patient had expressed concerns her gag reflex would interfere with an upper-gastrointestinal endoscopy, according to CBS affiliate KOVR.

The patient, an unidentified woman, complained that the Sacramento-based colo-rectal surgeon told her to practice oral sex on her husband "twice a week" prior to the procedure as a way of allaying the reflex.

According to CBS Sacramento, Zegarra made the suggestion in front of the woman and her husband "several years ago." The station also noted Zegarra had tried twice to expunge the complaint from the public record. Zegarra's name appears on a summary of administrative actions taken by the California board of medicine in 2007.

CBS Sacramento reports that a spokesperson for the state board of medicine called the doctor's suggestion inappropriate, even if it was meant as a joke.

As a matter of perspective, doctors have been caught doing much worse than dispensing questionable advice.

In September 2012, an Illinois doctor faced federal charges after he allegedly traded prescription drugs for sexual favors from 30 different patients. According to ABC affiliate KCRG, Dr. David Gierlus' sexual encounters with patients ranged from "oral sex, both during medical appointments and outside the office in [his] vehicle, to intercourse in the examination room during medical appointments.”

In April 2012, a British general practitioner went before a medical counsel to face allegations from three female patients, who made separate complaints about his conduct between 2003 and 2005. One patient complained that the family doctor had molested her and had sex with her several times on his surgery table during appointments, claiming that it would "help save her marriage."

Although suspensions are common in cases like these, they aren't always permanent. In August 2012, a Lodi, Calif., doctor had his license reinstated by a judge, despite the doctor's admitting to taking mood-altering inhalants and masturbating in his office. Opponents of the decision called it an example of the California medical board's "lax approach to getting rid of doctors who pose a harm to patients."

by Anonymousreply 505/18/2013

We live in such a PC, humorless society.

A silly, harmless little line like that warrants a complaint to the state medical board?!

What is wrong with people?

by Anonymousreply 105/18/2013


Greed, 'puritanicalism', and stupidity.

by Anonymousreply 205/18/2013


by Anonymousreply 305/18/2013

I agree wholeheartedly with the good doctor's recommendation.

by Anonymousreply 405/18/2013

Sacramento had a far, far worse case than this or the ones listed at the end of the article. How do I even begin to describe this? An anesthesiologist who had female patients in the operating room would put his penis in their mouths while the were under on the operating table with a room full of nurses and other physicians. He, apparently, ejaculated. This went on for quite a while until a nurse turned him in. She lost her professional license from her board for not having reported it sooner. None of the physicians who witnessed and were aware did anything and they received no disciplinary actions.

Dr. William Miofsky's the name. He was found criminally insane and unable to stand trial and was sent to a state hospital (Camarillo, I believe) for a few years. When he was released, there was no trial. Nothing. Upon his release, he was hired by the Sacramento County Health Department. I am not kidding you. Oh yeah. He got married, too.

by Anonymousreply 505/18/2013
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